Using the diet plan outlined in Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" was dauntingly complicated when Suzanne Foxx took it on last summer.
But she was determined to give the plan a try. It is based on the concept of eating different, more nutrient-dense foods to stay full rather than limiting food intake.
Foxx wants to get the word out that you don't have to follow the plan to the letter, and that augmenting it to fit your needs can still lead to drastic weight loss. It also involves eating a very large volume of food and does not mean going hungry, she said.
Foxx and her husband, Dillon, also added running to their daily routine, logging 20 miles a week and participating in half-marathons.
So far Dillon Foxx has lost 45 pounds and Suzanne has lost 18.
"We started off with the running, had been doing a little bit and it's not easy to do if you don't have a lot of energy," Suzanne Foxx said. "Reading the book, it just seemed too radical and there was no way it could be done. Then I said we should try, so I just did it.
"I started making food just like the book said, and then we all of a sudden had a lot of energy and could run a lot better and the weight just poured off. It was really amazing."
The couple made a serious commitment to their new fitness plan right after July 4. Foxx, a physical therapist and the owner of
"We increased our fruit consumption an amazing amount, added a lot of salads and tried to eat beans several times a week," Suzanne Foxx said.
The plan is easier to follow just by varying things she normally eats, she said. For example, at restaurants requesting Splenda and an all-fruit smoothie, or asking for light dressing and light cheese as well as no chicken on a wrap.
She took shortcuts, but cut down on processed foods to the point of eating none. Buying big salads out at restaurants, but asking for dressing on the side and dipping food in is one way to trim down rather than cutting things out entirely.
Dillon Foxx switched from fried chicken to grilled, doesn't eat much beef anymore and has substituted pumpkin seeds and grapes where he used to snack on potato chips, Suzanne Foxx said.
"People get so caught up in oh, I'm dieting and I'm depriving myself of everything," she said. "It's difficult to keep that up for months. This is something I think we can keep up forever."
'Eat to Live'